Patriots are reportedly signing Malik Cunningham to 3-year deal
7 Raiders gamers to observe in Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the Patriots
The Patriots made quite a lot of roster transactions on Saturday together with activating huge receiver Tyquan Thornton, elevating defensive lineman Jeremiah Pharms Jr. and huge receiver Jalen Reagor, and signing quarterback/huge receiver Malik Cunningham.
New England additionally positioned linebacker Matthew Judon and offensive lineman Tyrone Wheatley Jr. on injured reserve forward of Sunday’s recreation in opposition to the Las Vegas Raiders.
The additions of WRs Thornton and Reagor come at an ideal time as fellow receivers DeMario Douglas and JuJu Smith-Schuster is not going to play versus the Raiders resulting from concussions they suffered in opposition to the New Orleans Saints. Patriots WRs have scored simply two touchdowns to date this season, each of which coming from Kendrick Bourne in Week 1.
Thornton provides some much-needed pace to a stagnant Patriots offense in want of a spark. The second-year participant is coming off of a shoulder damage he sustained in coaching camp and is about to make his season debut versus Las Vegas. Thornton performed 13 video games for New England in 2022 and scored two touchdowns.
Reagor, a 2020 first-round draft decide, has but to report any stats this season, however might actually get some enjoying time Sunday. The previous Eagle and Minnesota Viking was signed to the Patriots’ follow squad in September earlier than the beginning of the common season. He was lively for New England in Week 2 in opposition to the Miami Dolphins however didn’t see the sector.
The information of Cunningham’s signing is intriguing as The Athletic’s Jeff Howe reported Friday that the QB/WR is within the Patriots’ recreation plan versus the Raiders. Furthermore, the 25-year-old was not simply elevated from the follow squad, however was given a three-year deal by New England to hitch the 53-man roster.
Pharms Jr. was elevated from the follow squad for the third straight week. With fellow defensive linemen Christian Barmore (knee), Trey Flowers (foot), and Davon Godchaux (ankle) all listed as ‘questionable’ forward of Sunday, Pharms offers safety to a place on the mend.
As for Judon and Wheatley Jr., each will miss at the least 4 video games earlier than they’ll return to play. Judon suffered a torn decrease bicep tendon in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4, however NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport mentioned final week that the crew has hope the linebacker might return in December.
Wheatley Jr., who has appeared in two video games for the Patriots this season, was added to the damage report on Friday with a knee damage. He was listed as out in opposition to Las Vegas the identical day and is now going to be off the sector for at the least one month.
Kickoff for New England in opposition to the Raiders on the West Coast is about for 4:05 p.m. Jap Time.
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